Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Syria crisis, graphic video of murder in the streets and Obama strategy

Obama: Mubarak in Egypt must go, Gaddafi of Libya must go (although regime change is not our primary stated mission) and al-Assad of Syria should simply to stop the slaughter in the streets?

In what appears to be Middle East policy by either the seat of the pants or according to some formula known only to him and his inner sanctum, President Obama seems to apply different regime metrics to the leaders/dictators of the Middle East.

This methodology seemingly allows him to determine who should leave, who should step down and which country's popular uprisings for regime change should be supported and encouraged. In order to try and understand the Obama administration strategy in and around the Middle East consider some of the options:

  • President Obama just an inexperienced and weak leader who sets strategy on the fly in a reactive way rather than in any kind of proactive fashion.
  • The President is working according to some strategy and master-plan that we are not privy too that is designed to bring the violence and unrest to an end.
  • Or, as some conspiracy theorists might suggest, the Obama administrations actions, statements and strategies in this part of the world so critical to US national interests are really according to some great master plan that we can only speculate about.
This plan that may have been formulated to bring Islamic extremists to power throughout the region, maintain a level of instability that will permanently endanger Israel and other allies and that will risk world access to the regions critical natural resources?

After the slaughter of more than 75 unarmed civilians in Syria, this is the statement from the President containing his typical weak-kneed rhetoric:

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators. This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now," Obama said in a statement.

"We call on President Assad to change course now, and heed the calls of his own people."

He denounced the Assad regime's use of force and "outrageous human rights abuses," saying it had chosen to reject the rights and aspirations of the Syrian people.

"Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies," Obama added.

"We strongly oppose the Syrian government's treatment of its citizens and we continue to oppose its continued destabilizing behavior more generally, including support for terrorism and terrorist groups." (AFP)

We may not yet know the answer to the question of Obama's motives for US actions in the Middle East, but we do know the level of violence and slaughter in the streets of Syria.

Graphic video of Syrian forces shooting unarmed civilians from the rooftops can be seen at Pajamas Media here.

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